How do you improve the relationship between police, firefighters and the public? The city of Columbus is trying something new. People from the community are helping make the next hires in the police and fire department.
The city has hired nine community evaluators; a diverse group from across the city. Their goal is to help make hires that better represent the communities they serve.
“We are grading them not based on their skin color, but were grading them based on the content of their character and what they have to say in their answering,” said community evaluator Janara Alfano from North Linden.
She said she feels the tension between the public and first responders.